The Awingu 5.2.4 maintenance release is now available!
Awingu renders apps and desktops in HTML5 in the browser. As such, users take whatever device to get work done. This can be a tablet (e.g., Apple iPad), a Google Chromebook or a Windows laptop. Even a Tesla or connected fridge will do the trick.
For Service Providers (M/CSPs) and ISVs, Awingu comes packed with a whole set of specific capabilities that elevate the pure RDS capabilities. This is particularly of interest for those that already have an RDS-based platform in place. By design, Awingu is multi-tenant, has an open API, enables direct links & aggregation and is completely brandable.
Often, users don’t just rely on RDS enabled applications. They also need access to SaaS services and other web services as well as file servers. With Awingu, you can aggregate all those components together in one single ‘unified’ workspace that can be accessed from one single login. Furthermore, Awingu has extensive Single Sign-On (SSO) capabilities.
As a follow-up of our 2018 open Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) endpoint studies, Awingu research in 2020 found over 360.000 companies and government organizations in Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden to have an open access into their network that is unprotected and available over the ‘regular’ internet via RDP.
Furthermore, we also found a specific peak (up to 40.000 vulnerable RDP environments) on the public cloud of Microsoft Azure Amsterdam. Even inexperienced hackers can easily navigate their way into these unprotected environments by, for example, using databases of stolen logins or by using one of the many known RDP exploits. Therefore, we urge these companies to add an extra layer of security to their environment ASAP.
When Windows XP was released back in 2001, it also baked RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) into the Windows client OS. RDP is a proprietary protocol from Microsoft and basically provides users with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network. In essence, the protocol helps in the setup of ‘Server Based Computing’. It helps “clients” connect to “servers” – and in the context of RDP those servers will run operating systems (e.g., Microsoft Windows) or applications (e.g., Sage BOB50, Microsoft Navision, etc.).
Since then, the RDP technology has evolved rapidly. Truth be told, it’s become a complex picture which only a few people really master. In, this blog post, we’ll try to bring some structure into the picture, the different options, the different elements, the high-level benefits, and the downsides. We’ll also explain how Awingu adds benefits on top of RDP and the different ways to deploy it.
In this blog post, we’ll try to put some structure in RDS and VDI licensing and explain some of the main concepts and options.
When we talk with partners and customers, we are frequently confronted with questions about Microsoft RDS & VDI licensing. ”How much does it cost?” is one that we hear often, and that is… pretty complex matter, to say the least. Firstly, because the technology and architecture basis below RDS and VDI is complex, and secondly because the rules of the game have evolved over time. The matrix of possibilities is vast! In short, when buying RDP related licenses, make sure that you have a good advisor or that you work your way through Microsoft Product terms.
Awingu is a secure virtual appliance that can be deployed in your infrastructure of choice. It connects via standard protocols such as RDP, CIFS and LDAP into backend applications, desktops and file servers and renders these services into HTML5 via its proprietary RDP gateway. As such, users can securely access services that reside in other networks via their browser. Unlike a VPN or traditional VDI, nothing needs to be installed on the end-user device, making the roll-out smooth and complex less.
Secure by design with many capabilities built-in (SSL, MFA, Auditing,..)
Easy and fast to deploy
Runs with what you have in place today in terms of apps, cloud or endpoint. No drastic changes needed.
Do you have any more questions about Awingu? Reach out to our Awingurus!